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Spring 2013 Program Highlights
SATURDAY, MARCH 9
REMEMBERING ALICE FAYE — AND HER HUSBAND!
MUSIC FROM HOLLYWOOD (12-17-37) A program of “Songs of the movies, sung by the stars and played for dancing America” starring Alice Faye, Hal Kemp and his Orchestra, and guest Clarence Nash, the voice of Donald Duck. Chesterfield Cigarettes, CBS. (28 min)
REQUEST PERFORMANCE (1-27-46) A variety show inspired by audience requests, with Lionel Barrymore, Meredith Willson, and Phil Harris and Alice Faye, “together in front of a microphone for the first time.” The couple perform a sketch, “At Home in the San Fernando Valley.” Campbell Soups, CBS. (30 min)
SPEAKING OF RADIO (10-28-87) Chuck Schaden’s conversation with Alice Faye, as she looks back on her career in movies and radio. Recorded at the Whitehall Hotel in Chicago. (31 min)
LUX RADIO THEATRE (6-3-40) “Alexander’s Ragtime Band” starring Alice Faye, Ray Milland and Robert Preston in a radio version of Faye’s 1938 film, about a singer who becomes involved in a love triangle with two musicians. Cecil B. DeMille hosts. Lux Soap, CBS. (23 min & 21 min & 17 min)
PHIL HARRIS - ALICE FAYE SHOW (3-19-50) Alice wants to buy a new car but is so intent on making the perfect choice that she can’t make a decision. With Elliott Lewis, Walter Tetley, Robert North, Jeanine Roos, Anne Whitfield, Hans Conried. Rexall, NBC. (29 min) Read the article about The Phil Harris-Alice Faye Show in the Winter 2013 issue of Nostalgia Digest.
SATURDAY, MARCH 16
INNER SANCTUM (1-10-49) “Murder Comes to Life” starring Charles Irving and Santos Ortega. A man returns from a near-death experience and learns about his previous life as a criminal. AFRS rebroadcast. (25 min)
PHILCO RADIO TIME (2-19-47) Bing Crosby stars, with announcer Ken Carpenter, John Scott Trotter and the Orchestra, and guests Judy Garland, William Frawley, and Leo McCarey, director of Going My Way. Judy sings “I’ve Got You Under My Skin”; Bing and Frawley duet on “Ida.” Philco, ABC. (30 min)
JIMMY FIDLER (10-19-47) The Hollywood gossip reporter talks about the best picture of the week and presents items about Laraine Day and Leo Durocher, Marlene Dietrich, Milton Berle, Clark Gable, Robert Mitchum, and others. Arrid, MBS. (14 min)
GREAT GILDERSLEEVE (2-17-46) Harold Peary stars as Throckmorton P. Gildersleeve, with Walter Tetley as Leroy, Lillian Randolph as Birdie, Dick LeGrand as Peavey, Bea Benaderet as Eve Goodwin. Leroy has the flu and his uncle Gildy must administer tender loving care. Kraft, NBC. (30 min)
SPACE PATROL (12-6-52) “The Space Shark” starring Ed Kemmer as Buzz Corry, Lyn Osborn as Cadet Happy, Nina Bara as Tonga. Corry and Happy travel to Venus, where Tonga is investigating contaminated food grown in hydroponic tanks. Dick Tufeld announces. Ralston Cereals, ABC. (30 min)
COMMAND PERFORMANCE (10-24-42) Linda Darnell is mistress of ceremonies, with Virginia O’Brien, Zero Mostel (“America’s newest zany”), Red Skelton, Harriet Hilliard, Truman Bradley, Erskine Hawkins and his Orchestra, announcer Don Wilson. O’Brien sings “Did I Get Stinking at the Club Savoy”; Skelton, Hilliard and Bradley present a sketch with Junior, the Mean Little Kid. AFRS. (29 min)
SATURDAY, MARCH 23
DETECTIVES ON THE AIR
SHERLOCK HOLMES (11-30-46) “The Strange Death of Mrs. Abernetty” stars Tom Conway as Holmes, Nigel Bruce as Dr. Watson. A wealthy old woman in poor health asks Holmes to investigate her family, but the focus of the investigation shifts when the woman is murdered. Joseph Bell announces. Kreml Hair Tonic, ABC. (30 min)
ADVENTURES OF SAM SPADE (7-25-48) “The Mad Scientist Caper” starring Howard Duff as Sam, with Lurene Tuttle as Effie. A scientist asks Sam to track down a missing “secret formula,” and the investigation leads to an insane asylum. Cast includes Joseph Kearns, Junius Matthews. Wildroot Cream Oil, CBS. (30 min)
PHILO VANCE (1-25-49) “The Idol Murder Case” stars Jackson Beck as Vance, with George Petrie as District Attorney Markham. The famous detective investigates a murder at a museum after the arrival of a strangely popular statue. Syndicated. (27 min)
THE FAT MAN (7-8-46) “The Black Angel” is the first show in the series, with J. Scott Smart as the “hard-boiled criminologist who tips the scales at 237 pounds.” A man thinks his wife is cheating on him and asks the Fat Man to investigate. Sustaining, ABC. (30 min)
CANDY MATSON (6-20-50) “Symphony of Death” stars Natalie Masters as Candy, with Henry Leff as police detective Ray Mallard. Candy tries to help a composer who fears he is going mad and wants to write a “Death Symphony.” Sustaining, NBC. (28 min)
RICHARD DIAMOND, PRIVATE DETECTIVE (5-15-49) Dick Powell stars, with Virginia Gregg as Helen Asher and Ed Begley as Lt. Levenson. A woman shoots her blackmailer and then is shot herself. The woman’s husband hires Diamond to find the killer. Sustaining, NBC. (30 min)
SATURDAY, MARCH 30
FIBBER McGEE & MOLLY (3-23-48) Jim and Marian Jordan star as the McGees, with Bill Thompson, Gale Gordon, Arthur Q. Bryan, the King’s Men, announcer Harlow Wilcox, Billy Mills and the Orchestra. Molly wins a local merchant’s contest and the prize is a special Easter dress. Johnson’s Wax, NBC. (30 min)
SPEAKING OF RADIO (9-27-11) Steve Darnall’s conversation with actress Patty McCormack, who talks about her career on stage, movies and television. Recorded poolside at the Sportsmen’s Lodge in Los Angeles, CA. (38 min) Read an excerpt from this conversation in the Winter 2013 issue of Nostalgia Digest.
SUSPENSE (10-23-56) “The Doll,” starring Patty McCormack in the first broadcast of the show’s 15th season, produced and directed by William N. Robson. When a father forgets his daughter’s seventh birthday, his new wife gives the child an unusual gift. Cast includes Mary Jane Croft, Shep Menken, Richard Beals, Luis Van Rooten, Dick LeGrand. Sustaining, CBS. (24 min)
MELODY RANCH (1950s) Gene Autry stars, with Pat Buttram, Johnny Bonds, Cass County Boys, The Pinafores, announcer Charlie Lyons. Gene Sings “For Me and My Gal” and “Harbor Lights” and tells the story “The Mystery of the Concertina.” Wrigley’s Gum, CBS. (24 min)
STARS OVER HOLLYWOOD (7-30-49) “The Town Constable” starring William Demarest with Norma Jean Nilsson. The community gives a testimonial dinner for the constable who has been elected for the ninth consecutive time, but his daughter is in trouble with her school’s principal. Dial Soap, CBS. (29 min)
READERS’ DIGEST RADIO EDITION (4-21-46) “Our Lady’s Juggler,” stars Richard Conte in this Easter Sunday broadcast, hosted by Arnold Moss. A poor and sick juggler who begs in the streets is taken in by monks and nursed back to health. Basil Ruysdael announces. Hallmark Cards, CBS. (29 min)
SATURDAY, APRIL 6
AVALON TIME (9-2-39) Richard “Red” Skelton stars in a broadcast from Chicago, with Curt Massey, Edna Stillwell, Jeanette Davis, announcer Del King and Bob Strong and the Orchestra. Red takes a look at “news” highlights. Jeanette sings “My Heart Has Wings.” Avalon Cigarettes, NBC. (28 min) Read the article about Red Skelton in the Spring 2013 issue of Nostalgia Digest.
STORY OF DR. KILDARE (12-8-50) Lew Ayres stars as Dr. Kildare, with Lionel Barrymore as Dr. Gillespie. A man is struck by a car, but his wife refuses to let Dr. Kildare perform the operation that could save him. Cast includes Virginia Gregg, Lurene Tuttle, Ted Osborne, Georgia Ellis, Vic Perrin. Syndicated. (28 min)
ADVENTURES OF OZZIE & HARRIET (2-27-49) Ozzie Nelson and Harriet Hilliard star, with John Brown, Tommy Bernard, Henry Blair, Janet Waldo, Hans Conried. Ozzie decides to show Harriet that he can do a better job of handling the family’s finances. International Silver, NBC. (29 min)
SIX SHOOTER (11-1-53) James Stewart stars as plainsman Britt Ponset, who rides into Clay City as the sheriff is investigating a robbery and murder. Cast includes William Conrad, Herb Vigran, Parley Baer, James McCallion. Sustaining, NBC. (30 min)
CHARLIE McCARTHY SHOW (12-2-45) With Edgar Bergen, Anita Gordon, Pat Patrick, Ray Noble and the Orchestra, and guest Walter Pidgeon, who joins Charlie and the cast for their version of Pidgeon’s new film, Weekend at the Waldorf. AFRS rebroadcast. (30 min)
BOSTON BLACKIE (4-29-47) Dick Kollmar stars as Blackie, “Enemy to those who make him an enemy, friend to those who have no friends.” A gambler agrees to forgive a young man’s debt in exchange for a favor. With Jan Miner as Mary, Maurice Tarplin as Inspector Faraday. Syndicated. (28 min)
SATURDAY, APRIL 13
SPOTLIGHT ON HUGH DOWNS
WMAQ — BUT WHY? (10-12-53) WMAQ staff announcer Hugh Downs describes a typical broadcast week at the NBC Studios in Chicago, concentrating on the station’s original programming. Sustaining, WMAQ. (30 min)
DESTINATION FREEDOM (10-3-48) “Citizen Toussaint” tells the story of Toussaint Louverture, who pioneered the Haitian Revolution by liberating Santo Domingo from French rule. Cast includes Harold Young as Louverture, with Weslan Tilden, Oscar Brown, Maurice Copeland, Sherman Marks, Tony Parrish, Fred Pinkard. Hugh Downs announces. Sustaining, NBC. (31 min)
SPEAKING OF RADIO (6-12-12) Steve Darnall’s conversation with broadcaster Hugh Downs, who talks about his radio career and his time as a staff announcer in Chicago. Recorded at the Museum of Broadcast Communications in Chicago. (14 min) Read an excerpt from this conversation in in the Spring 2013 issue of Nostalgia Digest.
UNCLE NED’S SQUADRON (1-27-51) From the WMAQ “Ready Room,” with “Uncle” Ned Locke and “co-pilot” Hugh Downs. Uncle Ned talks with audience members about flying and tells the story of the Berlin Airlift. Sustaining, WMAQ. (29 min)
DAVE GARROWAY SHOW (7-18-49) With the Art Van Damme Quintet, singer Vivian Martin, Joseph Gallicchio and the NBC Orchestra. Guest is 13-year-old Toni Harper, who sings “Rock-a-Bye Baby.” Announcer is Hugh Downs, who also appears as musicologist Fenwick Fuffington. Sustaining, NBC. (30 min)
BOB HOPE BIRTHDAY SPECIAL (5-29-63) Hugh Downs hosts this special salute to Bob Hope in honor of his 60th birthday and his 25 years at the National Broadcasting Company, with recollections from Bob and birthday greetings from Jimmy Durante, Bing Crosby, Frank Sinatra, Edgar Bergen, Jack Benny, Jim (Fibber McGee) Jordan, Eddie Cantor, Jerry Colonna, Tony Bennett, Rosemary Clooney, Marilyn Maxwell, Frances Langford, Skinnay Ennis, Les Brown, Jayne Mansfield, and many others. Wynn’s Friction Proofing, NBC. (24 and 27 min)
SATURDAY, APRIL 20
GI JOURNAL #72 (December 1944) Jack Haley is editor-in-chief, with Ann Rutherford, Arthur Treacher, Ziggy Ellman, Connie Haines, Elvia Allman, Mel Blanc as Pvt. Sad Sack. Jack decides he’s through with women until Ann arranges to ask him on a date. AFRS. (30 min)
LET’S PRETEND (1-9-54) “Robin Hood” is the story told by “Uncle” Bill Adams and the Let’s Pretenders: Robert Morea, Roger Sullivan, Gwen Davies, Sybil Trent, Arthur Anderson, BIll Lipton, Donald Hughes, Donald Madden, Jack Grimes. Sustaining, CBS. (24 min)
LUX RADIO THEATRE (2-22-37) “Captain Blood” starring Errol Flynn, Olivia de Haviland, Basil Rathbone, Donald Crisp and Henry Stephenson in a radio adaptation of the 1935 film. A convicted traitor in 17th-Century England is sent to the West Indies as punishment, but escapes to become a pirate. Herbert Marshall substitutes for host Cecil B. DeMille. Lux Soap, CBS. (23 min & 12 min & 23 min) Read the article about Captain Blood and other swashbuckler movies in the Spring 2013 issue of Nostalgia Digest.
FIRST NIGHTER (2-5-48) “A Drink for The Damned” starring Barbara Luddy and Olan Soule from “the little theater off Times Square.” A romantic comedy set in the time of King James’ court. Cast includes Marvin Miller, Parley Baer, Arthur Q. Bryan, Willard Waterman. Campana Products, CBS. (30 min)
ROCKY JORDAN (1-8-50) “Smoke Screen” stars Jack Moyles as Rocky Jordan, owner of the Cafe Tambourine, with Jay Novello as Sam Sabaya. A young woman leaving the cafe is shot by an assailant known as “The Cat.” Cast includes Paul Frees, Herb Butterfield. Del Monte Foods, CBS. (29 min)
SATURDAY, APRIL 27
OUR 43rd ANNIVERSARY SHOW
“Thanks For Listening”
For this special anniversary show, we’ll count down the series Those Were the Days listeners voted as their favorites. Read about our listeners’ selections in the Spring 2013 issue of Nostalgia Digest.
OUR MISS BROOKS (3-4-51) Eve Arden stars as Connie Brooks, English teacher at Madison High School, with Gale Gordon as Principal Conklin, Jeff Chandler as Mr. Boynton, Dick Crenna as Walter Denton, Jane Morgan as Mrs. Davis, Gloria McMillan as Harriet Conklin. Miss Brooks has visions of teaching in Paris when an educator from France comes to visit. Colgate-Palmolive, CBS. (30 min)
GREAT GILDERSLEEVE (5-5-48) Harold Peary stars as Gildy, with Walter Tetley as Leroy, Mary Lee Robb as Marjorie, Lillian Randolph as Birdie, Earle Ross as Judge Hooker, Una Merkel as Adeline Fairchild, Arthur Q. Bryan as Floyd Munson, Dick LeGrand as Peavey. Leroy wants to go on a fishing trip. Kraft Foods, NBC. (31 min)
YOURS TRULY, JOHNNY DOLLAR (11-25-56) “The Royal Street Matter” starring Bob Bailey as the man with the action-packed expense account. Dollar goes to New Orleans to investigate a fire at an antique store, but the owner refuses to file a claim! Cast includes Virginia Gregg, Forrest Lewis, Lawrence Dobkin, Lou Merrill, Frank Gerstle. Sustaining, CBS. (30 min)
FIBBER McGEE & MOLLY (3-31-42) Jim and Marian Jordan star as the McGees, with Bill Thompson, Gale Gordon, Isabel Randolph, announcer Harlow Wilcox, The King’s Men, Billy Mills and the Orchestra. McGee tries to win $5,000 in a contest by writing a new slogan for Latherino Soap. Johnson’s Wax, NBC. (30 min).
SUSPENSE (6-27-46) “Return Trip” starring Elliott Reid, with Cathy Lewis, Wally Maher, Raymond Lawrence. A bus takes off from a mental institution and gets trapped in a snowstorm. Truman Bradley announces. Roma Wines, CBS. (29 min)
JACK BENNY PROGRAM (1-11-48) With Mary Livingstone, Phil Harris, Eddie “Rochester” Anderson, Don Wilson, Dennis Day, Elliott Lewis, Mel Blanc, Joseph Kearns, Frank Nelson, Hans Conried. As Jack prepares for a trip to Denver, he goes to his vault to withdraw some money. Lucky Strike Cigarettes, NBC. (27 min)
SATURDAY, MAY 4
SPOTLIGHT ON TOMMY COOK
ARCH OBOLER’S PLAYS (7-26-45) “My Chicago,” written and directed by Arch Oboler, starring Tommy Cook, Cathy Lewis, Elliott Lewis. A “personal” story about the author’s relationship with the city, as seen through the eyes of an 11-year-old. Sustaining, NBC. (28 min)
SPEAKING OF RADIO (9-26-11) Part one of Steve Darnall’s conversation with actor Tommy Cook, who talks about his career in radio and movies. Recorded at Terry Moore’s home in Santa Monica, CA. (29 min)
ADVENTURES OF RED RYDER (2-24-42) “Hot Lead in Scorpion Gulch” starring Reed Hadley as Red Ryder and Tommy Cook as Little Beaver. Ace Hanlon’s gang kidnaps a schoolteacher to force her father to confess to the crime Hanlon committed. Langendorf Bread, MBS. (28 min)
BLONDIE (10-8-44) Penny Singleton and Arthur Lake star as Blondie and Dagwood, with Tommy Cook as Alexander, Hanley Stafford as Mr. Dithers. Alexander seems bored with life and Blondie and Dagwood decide to introduce him to Baby Snooks, played by special guest Fanny Brice. AFRS rebroadcast. (29 min)
SPEAKING OF RADIO (9-26-11) Part two of Steve Darnall’s conversation with actor Tommy Cook. (23 min)
LIFE OF RILEY (12-6-47) William Bendix stars as Chester Riley, with Paula Winslowe as Peg, Barbara Eiler as Babs, and Tommy Cook as Junior, who must write an essay about “The Greatest Man I Know.” Cast includes John Brown, Gale Gordon. Dreft, NBC. (30 min)
SATURDAY, MAY 11
HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY!
KRAFT MUSIC HALL (5-5-49) Al Jolson stars, with Oscar Levant, Lou Bring and the Orchestra, announcer Ken Carpenter and guest Dennis Day, who wants a job from Al so he can buy a gift for Mother’s Day. Al sings “California, Here I Come” and “Look for the Silver Lining”; Dennis sings “Indiana Moon.” Kraft Foods, NBC. (29 min)
BOX 13 (10-10-48) “Double Mothers” stars Alan Ladd as writer/adventurer Dan Holiday, with Sylvia Pickers as Suzy. Dan is asked to look after a little girl who appears to have two mothers! Syndicated. (27 min)
SCREEN DIRECTORS’ PLAYHOUSE (3-8-51) “Bachelor Mother” starring Lucille Ball and Robert Cummings in a radio adaptation of the 1939 film. A woman’s life is turned upside down when she is believed to be the mother of an abandoned baby. Cast includes Herb Vigran, Herb Butterfield. Participating sponsors, NBC. (29 min & 27 min)
QUIZ KIDS (5-9-48) On this Mother’s Day broadcast, the Quiz Kids (including Joel Kupperman, Naomi Cooke, and Patrick Conlon) are joined by their mothers, as both groups field questions from Chief Quizmaster Joe Kelly. Later, the Quiz Kids’ brothers and sisters field questions as well! Alka-Seltzer, NBC. (29 min)
HALLMARK HALL OF FAME (5-10-53) “George Washington’s Mother” is the story of Mary Washington, the mother of the man who became the first president of the United States. Lionel Barrymore hosts. AFRTS rebroadcast. (22 min)
SATURDAY, MAY 18
HOLLYWOOD CANTEEN OPENING (10-3-42) NBC’s Larry Keating announces the opening of the Hollywood Canteen for servicemen, with appearances by Bette Davis, Eddie Cantor, Ginny Simms, Bud Abbott and Lou Costello, Dinah Shore, Kay Kyser, Betty Hutton, Rudy Vallee and the Coast Guard Band. Sustaining, NBC. (29 min) Read the article about the Hollywood Canteen in the Spring 2013 issue of Nostalgia Digest.
BOB HOPE SHOW (10-13-42) Bob presents the first radio series to broadcast from the new Hollywood Canteen, with Frances Langford, Jerry Colonna, Vera Vague, Skinnay Ennis and the Orchestra, announcer Wendell Niles, and guest Bette Davis, president of the Canteen. Pepsodent, NBC. (30 min)
TALES OF THE TEXAS RANGERS (8-19-50) “Fool’s Gold” stars Joel McCrea as Texas Ranger Jace Pearson, who investigates a botched robbery that led to the death of a young boy. Cast includes Paul Frees, Hy Averback, Herb Butterfield, Lillian Buyeff. Sustaining, NBC. (30 min)
INFORMATION PLEASE (10-11-38) It’s “Time to stump the experts” as moderator Clifton Fadiman welcomes regulars Franklin P. Adams and John Kieran and guests Oscar Levant and actress Lillian Gish. Milton Cross announces. Sustaining, NBC. (30 min)
MYSTERIOUS TRAVELER (8-25-46) “Death is the Visitor” featuring Maurice Tarplin as the Mysterious Traveler. A frustrated man murders his shrewish mother-in-law and uses her trunk to ship the body out of town. Sustaining, MBS. (29 min)
SCREEN GUILD PLAYERS (2-12-45) “Belle of the Yukon” starring Randolph Scott, Dinah Shore, Bob Burns and Gail Patrick in a radio version of the 1944 movie, about performers and con artists in the Yukon during the days of the Gold Rush. Cast includes Frank Nelson, Ken Christy. Lady Esther Products, CBS. (29 min)
SATURDAY, MAY 25
BIG BANDS FROM THE WINDY CITY
BENNY GOODMAN AND HIS ORCHESTRA (1-13-36) Excerpt. Broadcast from the Joseph Urban Room of the Congress Hotel in Downtown Chicago, with vocals by Helen Ward. Benny and the band play “I Feel Like A Feather in the Breeze,” “I’m Shooting High,” “Big John Special,” and others. Sustaining, NBC-Red. (14 min)
JAN GARBER AND HIS ORCHESTRA (11-5-50) It’s the “Idol of the Airlanes” in a broadcast from the “beautiful air-conditioned Trianon Ballroom,” located at 62nd and Cottage Grove Avenues on the South Side of the City of Chicago. Selections include “That’s Where My Money Goes,” “I See a Million People,” and “Sleigh Ride.” Vocals by Roy Cordell, Kitty Thomas (Janis Garber) and the Trio; Hal Stark announces. Sustaining, WBBM. (30 min)
CHESTERFIELD MOONLIGHT SERENADE (6-12-40) Glenn Miller and his Orchestra are broadcasting from the stage of the Chicago Civic Theater, with vocalists Marion Hutton, Tex Beneke and Ray Eberle. The Miller band plays one of their famous “Something old, something new, something borrowed and something blue” medleys. Chesterfield Cigarettes, CBS. (14 min)
HAL KEMP AND HIS ORCHESTRA (4-7-40) A remote broadcast from the Empire Room of the Palmer House in downtown Chicago featuring the Kemp band and vocalists Bob Allen and Janet Blair. Tunes include “When You Wish Upon A Star,” Claire de Lune,” and “Believing.” Charles Victor announces. Sustaining, MBS. (30 min)
THE DAMON RUNYON MEMORIAL JAZZ CONCERT (12-11-48) The second portion of a full hour broadcast featuring Louis Armstrong and his All-Stars broadcasting from the Blue Note in Chicago. Dave Garroway hosts the program; selections include “Muskrat Ramble,” “Basin Street Blues,” and “Boogie Woogie on the St. Louis Blues.” ABC. (29 min)
DICK JURGENS AND HIS ORCHESTRA (1969) “Here’s that band again!” A live recording made on the bandstand of the Willowbrook Ballroom in Willow Springs, Illinois, with vocals by Buddy Moreno. The Jurgens band plays “One Dozen Roses,” “Josephine,” “A String of Pearls,” and “Cecilia,” along with other favorites. Live recording. (31 min)
OUR SPECIAL GUEST will be big band historian KARL PEARSON, who will talk about the big bands and the many Chicago venues where they performed.
SATURDAY, JUNE 1
MR. AND MRS. RADIO
MR. AND MRS. NORTH (1-17-45) “Murder in a Crowd” starring Joseph Curtin and Alice Frost as Jerry and Pam North. A friend of the Norths stages a murder in a crowd, but the prank takes a sinister turn when a real murder occurs. AFRS rebroadcast (as Mystery Play-house). (26 min)
MEET MR. McNUTLEY (5-6-54) Ray Milland stars as Raymond McNutley, English professor at Lynnhaven College, with Phyllis Avery as wife Peg and Verna Felton as Dean Bradley. Ray treats the dean to ice cream. Cast includes Frank Nelson. AFRS rebroadcast. (23 min)
MR. PRESIDENT (8-21-49) Edward Arnold stars as a president who plans to undergo surgery — and to run for a second term. The name of the president is not revealed until the end of the story. Cast includes Joseph Kearns, Hans Conried, Edgar Barrier, Herb Butterfield. Sustaining, ABC. (29 min)
MR. KEEN, TRACER OF LOST PERSONS (10-13-49) “The Yellow Talon Murder Case” stars Bennett Kilpack as the kindly old investigator, with James Kelly as Mike Clancy. A woman is found murdered with talon marks around her throat. Anacin, Kolynos, CBS. (30 min)
MR. AND MRS. BLANDINGS (2-25-51) Cary Grant and Betsy Drake star as Jim and Muriel Blandings, with Gale Gordon as Bill Cole. Jim is vehemently opposed to Muriel’s purchase of a television, until Bill asks him to appear on a panel show. Trans World Airlines, NBC. (30 min)
MR. DISTRICT ATTORNEY (5-19-48) “Spring Fever” stars Jay Jostyn in the title role, with Vicki Vola as Miss Miller and Len Doyle as Harrington. The D.A. investigates the murder of a gas station attendant. Ipana, Sal Hepatica, NBC. (28 min)
SATURDAY, JUNE 8
GRAND CENTRAL STATION (3-13-48) “A Sprig of Mignonette” is the story of a young woman who seeks the help of a famous psychologist to help her suicidal brother. Cast: Staats Cotsworth, Sarah Burton, Gregory Morton, William Layton, Neal Fitzgerald. Ken Roberts announces. Pillsbury, CBS. (30 min)
HENRY MORGAN SHOW (3-14-50) Morgan talks about waiting for the doctor, interviews a star basketball player, and presents a lecture on heredity. With Arnold Stang, Art Carney, Pert Kelton, the Billy Williams Quartet, announcer Ed Herlihy. Sustaining, NBC. (29 min)
THE WHISTLER (6-2-47) “Caesar’s Wife” starring Gerald Mohr and Barbara Luddy, with Bill Forman as the Whistler. A gangster with an unusual weakness suspects that his wife is cheating on him. Cast includes Willard Waterman and Paul Frees. Marvin Miller announces. Signal Oil, CBS. (29 min)
THIS IS YOUR LIFE (10-26-49) Host Ralph Edwards surprises Capt. Billy Bryant on his 64th birthday by looking back on his career. Guests include Billy’s wife Josephine, daughter Betty, and Buster Keaton’s mother. Philip Morris Cigarettes, NBC. (28 min) Read the article about Ralph Edwards and This is Your Life in the Spring 2013 issue of Nostalgia Digest.
FRONTIER GENTLEMAN (8-3-58) “Nebraska Jack” stars John Dehner as J.B. Kendall, reporter for the London Times. Kendall recalls his visit with an aging pioneer settler who has five wives and a taste for whiskey. Cast: Joseph Kearns, Jack Moyles, Virginia Gregg. Sustaining, CBS. (25 min)
BURNS AND ALLEN SHOW (11-1-45) With Bill Goodwin, Meredith Willson and the Orchestra, Mel Blanc, Shirley Mitchell, Lou Merrill. Bill asks Gracie to pose as his wife in order to impress a movie producer. AFRS rebroadcast. (29 min)
SATURDAY, JUNE 15
HAPPY FATHER’S DAY!
PHIL HARRIS-ALICE FAYE SHOW (6-12-49) With Elliott Lewis as Frankie Remley, Walter Tetley as Julius, Robert North, Jeannine Roos, Anne Whitfield, Peggy Webber. Remley has adopted a French orphan and he and Phil decide to teach the boy English. First of two consecutive programs. Rexall, NBC. (30 min)
LET GEORGE DO IT (9-13-48) “The Father Who Had Nothing to Say” stars Bob Bailey as George Valentine, with Frances Robinson as Brooskie and Wally Maher as Lt. Reilly. A young man asks George to find out if his father was really guilty of the murder for which he was convicted. Cast includes Harry Lewis, Herb Butterfield, Edward Marr, Luis Van Rooten, Bob Jellison. Standard Oil of California, MBS. (30 min)
FATHER KNOWS BEST (6-14-51) Robert Young stars as Jim Anderson, with Jean Vanderpyl as Margaret, Rhoda Williams as Betty, Ted Donaldson as Bud, Norma Jean Nilsson as Cathy. A planned Father’s Day picnic for the neighborhood gets out of hand. Maxwell House Coffee, NBC. (30 min)
QUIZ KIDS (6-16-46) For this Father’s Day broadcast, the Quiz Kids (Patrick Conlon, Harve Fishman, Ruthie Duskin, Joel Kupperman, Richard Weixler) are joined by their fathers, who take over for their children in the last half of the show! Joe Kelly is Quizmaster. Bob Murphy announces. Alka Seltzer, NBC. (31 min)
GUNSMOKE (6-10-56) “Daddy-O” stars William Conrad as Marshal Matt Dillon, with Georgia Ellis as Kitty, Parley Baer as Chester, Howard McNear as Doc. Kitty’s long-lost father comes to Dodge City and asks Kitty to sell the Long Branch Saloon and go into business with him. Cast: John McIntyre, Lawrence Dobkin. Chesterfield Cigarettes, CBS. (22 min)
PHIL HARRIS-ALICE FAYE SHOW (6-19-49) Frankie decides to get married so that his French orphan can have a proper home. Alice sings “I’m in Love with a Wonderful Guy.” Second of two consecutive programs. Rexall, NBC. (29 min)
SATURDAY, JUNE 22
MY FAVORITE HUSBAND (6-24-49) Lucille Ball and Richard Denning star as Liz and George Cooper, with Gale Gordon, Bea Benaderet, Frank Nelson. Liz has trouble making up her mind until George insists she make decisions and abide by them. AFRS rebroadcast. (24 min)
BROADWAY IS MY BEAT (4-28-51) Larry Thor stars as Detective Danny Clover, with Charles Calvert as Sgt. Tartaglia. The police investigate when an acquaintance of Danny’s is stabbed at a dance hall. Cast: Anthony Barrett, Frances Cheney, Martha Wentworth, Larry Dobkin, Joy Terry, Leo Cleary, Junius Matthews. Sustaining, CBS. (30 min)
FRED ALLEN SHOW (11-28-48) Fred welcomes guest George Jessel, who has just produced the picture When My Baby Smiles at Me and wants Fred to see it. The Allen’s Alley question: “Is radio comedy suffering from monotony?” With Portland Hoffa, Minerva Pious, Kenny Delmar, Parker Fennelley, Peter Donald, the DeMarco Sisters, Al Goodman and the Orchestra. Ford Motors, NBC. (30 min)
VIC AND SADE (10-27-43) Art Van Harvey is Vic, with David Whitehouse as Russell and Clarence Hartzell as Uncle Fletcher. The men sit on the back porch while Sade entertains the Thimble Club inside the house. Crisco, NBC. (10 min)
RAILROAD HOUR (4-6-53) “Sally” starring Gordon MacRae and Lucille Norman in a radio version of the Jerome Kern musical about a dishwasher who poses as royalty. Songs include “Look for the Silver Lining” and “Wild Rose.” Cast includes Benny Rubin. Marvin Miller announces. Association of American Railroads, NBC. (29 min)
FRONT PAGE DRAMA (10-15-50) The story of a man whose interest in antiques drives his wife to distraction, especially when he comes home with an oil painting. Cast includes John Gibson. American Weekly, Syndicated. (14 min)
THE SHADOW (5-16-48) “The Giant of Madras” starring Bret Morrison as Lamont Cranston and Grace Matthews as the lovely Margot Lane. A man carrying a 25-karat diamond is murdered and the diamond is stolen. The Shadow investigates. Blue Coal, MBS. (30 min)
SATURDAY, JUNE 29
LONE RANGER (10-30-42) “Gunsmith of San Bello” stars Brace Beemer as the Lone Ranger, with John Todd as Tonto. The Lone Ranger takes action when a bank robber kills a gunsmith and takes over his shop. Syndicated, MBS. (28 min)
HALLMARK PLAYHOUSE (1-5-50) “The Egg and I” starring Claudette Colbert as Betty, with Frank Nelson, Verna Felton. Colbert re-creates her role in the 1947 film based on the novel by Betty McDonald, as a pair of city dwellers face the trials and tribulations of life on a chicken farm. James Hilton hosts. Hallmark Cards, CBS. (30 min)
PAT NOVAK FOR HIRE (4-16-49) Jack Webb stars as Novak, with Raymond Burr as Inspector Hellman and Tudor Owen as Jocko Madigan. Novak is hired to scare a man. AFRS rebroadcast. (30 min)
JIMMY DURANTE SHOW (11-12-47) with Arthur Treacher, Candy Candido, announcer Howard Petrie, Roy Bargy and the Orchestra, Alan Reed, Elvia Allman, Tommy Harmon and guest Dorothy Lamour, who meets Jimmy on the train and joins him for a duet on “Civilization.” Rexall, NBC. (29 min)
X MINUS ONE (4-24-56) “”The Sense of Wonder” narrated by Raymond Edward Johnson. A space ship returns to Earth after a 10,000-year journey, during which life has become increasngly sterile and regulated. Cast: James Monks, Bill Quinn, Ed Jerome, Vera Allen, Rita Lloyd, Joe DeSantis, Dick Hamilton. Sustaining, NBC. (28 min)
ALDRICH FAMILY (12-16-48) Ezra Stone stars as Henry, with Jackie Kelk as Homer, House Jameson and Katherine Raht as Mr. and Mrs. Aldrich, whose plans for a quiet evening at home are disrupted by Henry’s last-minute party preparations. Meredith Willson leads the “Talking People” in the commercial. Jell-O, NBC. (30 min)
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SUNDAY, MARCH 10
ADVENTURES BY MORSE (1944) “It’s Dismal To Die” a complete three-part adventure starring David Ellis as Capt. Bart Friday, who comes to the aid of a damsel in distress at a South Carolina swamp. Syndicated.
SUNDAY, MARCH 17
LUX RADIO THEATRE (12-27-48) “The Luck of the Irish,” starring Dana Andrews, Anne Baxter and Cecil Kellaway in a radio version of the 1948 film. An American newspaperman is befriended by a leprechaun. Lux Soap, CBS.
PHILCO RADIO TIME (3-17-48) It’s St. Patrick’s Day and Bing Crosby sings Irish songs and welcomes 11-year-old Margaret O’Brien. Philco, ABC.
SUNDAY, MARCH 24
THE SHADOW (1-19-41) “The Shadow Challenged” starring William Johnstone as Lamont Cranston. The Shadow is blamed when a professor is murdered for an ancient manuscript. Blue Coal, MBS.
MARTIN AND LEWIS SHOW (2-15-52) Dean and Jerry with announcer Jimmy Wallington and guest William Holden, who joins the duo for a parody of his film Born Yesterday. Participating sponsors, NBC.
ROCKY JORDAN (3-26-50) “Fool Proof” stars Jack Moyles as Jordan, owner of the Cafe Tamborine in Cairo. Rocky meets a king-size customer carrying a briefcase full of rare diamonds. Del Monte Foods, CBS.
SUNDAY, MARCH 31
JACK BENNY PROGRAM (4-10-55) It’s Easter Sunday and Jack and Mary celebrate by strolling down Wilshire Boulevard. Lucky Strike Cigarettes, CBS.
NIGHTBEAT (8-21-50) “Stay of Execution” starring Frank Lovejoy as Randy Stone, night beat reporter for the Chicago Star, who is sent to Joliet State Prison to cover an execution. Sustaining, NBC.
BOB HOPE SHOW (3-5-46) From the campus of the University of Nevada, with Frances Langford, Skinnay Ennis and the Orchestra, and guest David Niven. Pepsodent, NBC.
SUNDAY, APRIL 7
LES MISERABLES (7-23-37) The first part of a seven-part radio adaptation of the classic story by Victor Hugo, starring Orson Welles as Jean Valjean, a thief who is sent to prison for stealing bread. Sustaining, MBS.
OUR MISS BROOKS (3-6-49) Eve Arden stars as Connie Brooks, who is preparing for the Madison High School dance. With Frank Nelson as Antoine. Colgate-Palmolive, CBS.
THIS IS YOUR FBI (3-28-47) “The Henpecked Thief” stars Stacy Harris. A young thief’s mother-in-law badgers him into taking part in a “big job.” Equitable Life Assurance Society, ABC.
SUNDAY, APRIL 14
MAN CALLED X (5-15-47) Herbert Marshall stars as Ken Thurston, who travels to Central America to prevent a coup d’etat. Frigidaire, CBS.
FIBBER McGEE & MOLLY (6-20-44) Jim and Marian Jordan star as the McGees, who plan to spend the summer working on a ranch. Johnson’s Wax, NBC.
LES MISERABLES (7-30-37) Part two of this seven-part radio adaptation. Inspector Javert has suspicions about the mayor of Montreuill. Sustaining, MBS.
SUNDAY, APRIL 21
KRAFT MUSIC HALL (10-7-48) Starring Al Jolson, with Oscar Levant and guest Edward G. Robinson. Al sings “Baby Face” and “Tree in the Meadow.” Kraft Foods, NBC.
CASEY, CRIME PHOTOGRAPHER (9-18-47) “The Tobacco Pouch” stars Staats Cotsworth as Casey, who spies a pickpocket in a department store. Anchor Hocking Glass, CBS.
LES MISERABLES (8-6-37) Part three of the seven-part radio adaptation. Javert confronts the mayor about his accusations. Sustaining, MBS.
SUNDAY, APRIL 28
INNER SANCTUM (5-15-45) “The Black Art” starring Simone Simon. A beautiful, wealthy woman helps a man escape from Death Row. Lipton Tea and Soup, CBS.
RED SKELTON SHOW (10-8-46) The Skelton Scrapbook of Satire addresses the meat shortage, with Clem Kadiddlehopper as a pig farmer. Raleigh Cigarettes, NBC. Read the cover story about Red Skelton in the Spring 2013 issue of Nostalgia Digest.
LES MISERABLES (8-13-37) Part four of the seven-part radio adaptation. Valjean is found guilty and sentenced to a galley ship. Sustaining, MBS.
SUNDAY, MAY 5
ABBOTT AND COSTELLO SHOW (3-30-44) When Costello comes into an inheritance, he decides to buy a radio station, and guest Alan Ladd wants to be an announcer! Camel Cigarettes, NBC.
SIX SHOOTER (4-22-54) James Stewart stars as Britt Ponset. When Britt’s hotel is robbed and the desk clerk shot to death, Britt helps the sherriff track down the killer. Cast includes Harry Bartell, Virginia Gregg. Sustaining, NBC.
LES MISERABLES (8-20-37) Part five of this seven-part radio adaptation. Valjean and Cosette evade Inspector Javert and seek shelter in a convent. Sustaining, MBS.
SUNDAY, MAY 12
SUSPENSE (1-4-59) “Don’t Call Me Mother” starring Agnes Moorehead. A young man’s mother is not pleased with the young lady he has brought home for dinner. Participating sponsors, CBS.
TRUTH OR CONSEQUENCES (11-1-47) Ralph Edwards hosts the wildest of all game shows, with clues about the identity of “Miss Hush”! Dux, NBC. Read the article about Ralph Edwards in the Spring 2013 issue of Nostalgia Digest.
LES MISERABLES (8-27-37) Part six of the seven-part radio adaptation. Jean Valjean and Marius Pontmercy seek shelter in the sewers of Paris. Sustaining, MBS.
SUNDAY, MAY 19
BURNS AND ALLEN SHOW (2-24-49) Gracie is convinced that George should be a surgeon and offers his services to the hospital. Maxwell House Coffee, NBC.
DRAGNET (4-13-50) Jack Webb stars as Sgt. Joe Friday. The police investigate a gang that has been mugging servicemen. Fatima Cigarettes, NBC.
LES MISERABLES (9-3-37) The seventh and final chapter of the story. Cosette and Marius marry and Valjean reveals his criminal past to the groom. Sustaining, MBS.
SUNDAY, MAY 26
JUBILEE #98 (9-25-44) Host Ernie “Bubbles” Whitman welcomes Count Basie and his orchestra, Jimmy Rushing, Thelma Carpenter, Artie Shaw, Buddy Rich, and Butterfly McQueen. AFRS.
RICHARD DIAMOND, PRIVATE DETECTIVE (1-26-51) Dick Powell stars as Diamond, who is hired to protect a millionaire from his embezzler brother. Camel Cigarettes, ABC.
FIRST NIGHTER (4-27-52) “Refresher Course” starring Barbara Luddy and Olan Soule in a light comedy about a bored housewife who decides to inject some glamour into her appearance. Sustaining, NBC.
SUNDAY, JUNE 2
LUX RADIO THEATRE (9-19-49) “Green Dolphin Street” starring Lana Turner, Van Heflin and Peter Lawford in a radio version of the 1947, about a love triangle set in the early days of New Zealand. Lux Soap, CBS.
SPOTLIGHT REVUE (2-20-48) Spike Jones and the City Slickers welcome guest Buddy Clark, who sings “Little White Lies.” Coca-Cola, CBS.
SUNDAY, JUNE 9
BROADWAY IS MY BEAT (7-22-51) Larry Thor stars as Detective Danny Clover. A man’s death is considered a suicide, but Clover suspects the man was murdered. Wrigley’s Gum, CBS.
DRENE TIME (5-18-47) Don Ameche, Frances Langford and Danny Thomas star. Danny fantasizes that he is a doctor and the cast performs a “Bickersons” sketch. Drene Shampoo, NBC.
COLUMBIA WORKSHOP (3-20-39) “A Letter From Home” starring Karl Swenson. A successful playwright receives a letter from the girl he loved as a young man. Sustaining, CBS.
SUNDAY, JUNE 16
LIFE OF RILEY (6-19-48) William Bendix is Riley, who is hoping for a Father’s Day gift from son Junior. Prell, NBC.
CRIME CLASSICS (1-6-54) “The Younger Brothers: Why Some of Them Grew No Older.” The true story about a family’s murderous rampage after the Civil War. Sustaining, CBS.
BING CROSBY SHOW (3-5-52) Bing welcomes his brother Bob and niece Cathy Crosby and the brothers duet on “Cathy.” Chesterfield Cigarettes, CBS.
SUNDAY, JUNE 23
CHALLENGE OF THE YUKON (9-25-47) “Reprisal” stars Paul Sutton as Sgt. Preston. A fur trapper gets even with a half-breed for stealing his food supplies. Quaker Puffed Wheat and Rice, ABC.
CHARLIE McCARTHY SHOW (11-7-48) Charlie finds a wallet and contemplates the reward he’ll receive for returning it. With Don Ameche and Marsha Hunt as John and Blanche Bickerson. AFRS rebroadcast.
ESCAPE (3-15-53) “The Man With the Steel Teeth” starring John Dehner in the story of a man trapped in a Soviet prison. Sustaining, CBS.
SUNDAY, JUNE 30
OLD GOLD COMEDY THEATRE (3-4-45) “Standing Room Only” starring Paulette Goddard and Burgess Meredith in a radio version of Goddard’s 1944 film. Harold Lloyd hosts. Old Gold Cigarettes, NBC.
ADVENTURES OF PHILIP MARLOWE (4-18-50) “The Angry Eagle” stars Gerald Mohr as Marlowe, who travels to a training camp to help a fighter in trouble. Sustaining, CBS.
JACK BENNY PROGRAM (5-18-47) In New York, as Jack prepares to open at the Roxy Theatre and welcomes guest Al Jolson. Lucky Strike Cigarettes, NBC.
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